‘Historic’ Hike in Minimum Support Price Is Nothing but a Farce

Agrarian crisis in India

Agrarian crisis in India

In the midst of a serious crisis in the agricultural sector and huge farmers’ movement across the country, the Modi government has announced an ‘increase’ in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for some crops. Immediately following this announcement (which, as a matter of fact, is a much delayed announcement for the Kharif cropping season), the BJP-RSS propaganda machinery has gone all out touting it as a ‘historic’ achievement. Yet, bare facts speak absolutely otherwise: the MSP ‘increase’ is nothing but yet another electoral jumla. None of the demands of the farmers’ movement has been addressed by the announcement. Major farmers’ organisations have also called the declaration a historic betrayal with the farmers. Continue reading

Save UGC: Act now and Send Feedback before 20th July

UGC scrapping representative image

UGC scrapped

In a shocking and abrupt decision, the MHRD has proposed to dangerously dismantle the University Grants Commission (UGC) by repealing the UGC Act of 1956 and replace UGC with Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). The proposed HECI only have no power of disbursing the much needed grant for Universities and that power will henceforth be completely on the Government. This move is not simply one of restructuring, but a dangerous road map to to kill the inclusive character of higher education in India.

The draft Act is available at https://t.co/mWtT2IORIk

To know what AISA thinks about this dangerous draft proposal of MHRD , click here.

 A very short window to respond on the proposed draft has been given to the public. The public response to the proposed draft act will have to be given within 20th of July, 5 pm.  Professor Ayesha Kidwai and Debaditya Bhattacharya have drafted a clause by clause elaborate response to the proposed act. This can be used as a united response of stake holders on the proposed act.

You can read the full draft of this response here.

 We appeal to all educationists, stakeholders & others to furnish their comments & suggestions by 20th july 2018 till 5 p.m & mail at reformofugc@gmail.com.

THIS CAN BE DONE IN FIVE EASY STEPS, taking 2-3 mins of your time!

  1. Open your email, and COMPOSE a new email. In the subject field, paste: FEEDBACK FOR DRAFT HECI ACT 2018.
  2. In the to field, paste: reformofugc@gmail.com
  3. Click herePress the copy button on top right, or simply copy (CTRL + C on Windows; COMMAND + C on MAC).
  4. PASTE the copied text in the body of your email (CTRL + V on Windows; COMMAND + V on MAC).
  5. Hit send, and you’re done!

AISA requests all students and teachers of this country to send this feedback to the MHRD and resist the conspiracy to end autonomous and affordable higher education in India.


Resist the dangerous proposal to dismantle UGC

UGC scrapping representative image

UGC scrapped

In a shocking and abrupt decision, the MHRD has proposed to dangerously dismantle the University Grants Commission (UGC) by repealing the UGC Act of 1956 and replace it with Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). The proposed HECI will only focus on the questions of academic standards of the university, while the Government will take charge of the grant giving function.

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प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय (PMO) और DoPT का नया फरमान

DoPT logo

DOPT logo

देश के 10 महत्त्वपूर्ण मंत्रालयों के संयुक्त सचिव के पद पर नियुक्ति के लिए आज भाजपा सरकार ने विज्ञप्ति जारी की है। ये अफसर श्रेणी के वो पद हैं जो देश के लिए नीतियाँ बनायेंगे।

  1.  विज्ञापन में कहा जा रहा है कि ये नियुक्तियाँ बगैर किसी परीक्षा की होंगी!
  2. इन नियुक्तियों में SC, ST, OBC और PH आरक्षण लागू नही होगा!
  3. आवेदक किसी प्राइवेट या विदेशी कंपनियों से जुड़े अधिकारी भी हो सकते हैं!

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AIPF Fact Finding Report on Thoothukudi Police Firing

People's protest in Thoothukudi

People’s protest in Thoothukudi. Photo credit : N.Rajesh

An AIPF Team consisting of R. Vidyasagar, social scientist, Clifton, Advocate, Bangalore, G. Ramesh, Advocate, Tirunelveli, Abdul Nizam, Advocate, Thirunelveli, and Sundarraj, social activist, Thirunelveli, has visited and Kumareddypuram, Veerapandipuram, Pandarampatti, and settlements of Anna Nagar and Therespuram in Tutucorin town on 27th May 2018. The team also visited the Government General Hospital at Tutucorin and interacted with in patients who were subjected to severe injuries due to police bullets and lathi charge. Continue reading

Cobrapost Stings Unmask India’s Big Media Houses

Representative Image of Paid Media

Image Cortesy – The Wire

The recent Cobrapost Sting operation codenamed 136 (this was India’s global rank in terms of press freedom index when perhaps the sting was shot, by the time the sting was made public India’s rank had however slipped to 138 according to the 2018 list) gives us a very clear insight into the functioning of the dominant Indian media under the Modi dispensation. Continue reading

Four Years Of Modi Raj

Modi Government's 4 years representative image

4 years of Modi Government. Photo Courtesy – DD News

Farmers Betrayed

What Modi promised

  • MSP (Minimum Support Price) of crops incorporating 50 per cent profit over and above farmers’ cost of production (‘C2’ – i.e including seed, irrigation, manure, labour as recommended by Swaminathan Commission) (election speech 2014)
  • Doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022 (election speech 2014)
  • Farm loan waivers in UP (election speech Feb 2017)

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Autonomy for Universities: Final Blow to Affordable Higher Education

On 20th March MHRD minister Prakash Javadekar declared ‘autonomy’ for 60 higher educational institutions. He also called it ‘historic day’ for Indian Higher education. What he hid was the fact that autonomy means no fund from the government. This video explains how autonomy and other recent policy decisions are going to end all opportunities of higher education for students coming from ordinary and poor backgrounds. We need to expose the farce and fight back!.

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